Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz collection: National period, 1804-1950
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Brief Description:

This finding aid covers Series 3, the National period, of the Kuntz collection.

The Kuntz collection consists of historical documents relating to the historical and cultural development of Louisiana and more specifically New Orleans. The materials date back as far as 1655 before the founding of Louisiana and continue onward through the French colonial period, the Spanish colonial period, and the National period to the mid-twentieth century.  Documents include those from the Company of the Indies as well as the papers of Francisco Bouligny that describe early French and Spanish authority over Louisiana. The National period documents Louisiana's entry into the United States through the Civil War and its growth as a major commercial center. Materials in these three sections include correspondence, land sale documents, slave sales, plantation journals, orders, property sales, professional and family papers, legal documents, and land grants. The New Orleans municipal records (1805-1850s) include an 1805 census, license permits for business, tax receipts, and pay vouchers. There are also bonds posted by free people of color to secure permits to live in the First Municipality of the city. The small personal and family collections include those of John McDonogh, the Pontalba family, and Pierson family. The theater and opera materials consist of New Orleans theater and opera programs, primarily from the nineteenth century. Carnival material is made up of invitations and dance programs of various local krewes from late nineteenth century New Orleans. The printed and visual items consist of political broadsides, maps, engravings, and photographs. The newspaper collection contains copies of French-language newspapers of Louisiana and New Orleans and New Orleans newspapers printed during the Civil War. The last section consists of additions to the collection as a whole.

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Held at:
Louisiana Research Collection
202 Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-865-5685
Email: larc [at]
Record Series Number: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 600 (C-National period)
Created by: Kuntz, Felix H. (Felix Herwig), 1890-1971.
Volume: 9.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1956. Additional materials added in 1956, 1958, and 1970.

Arranged chronologically by topic. The collection as a whole consists of 41 boxes. The collection has been divided into ten series, and six sections in Archon. The first five series have been made into their own Archon "subcollections" by topic and the remaining four have been grouped together in a sixth "subcollection:

French Colonial period

Spanish Colonial period

National period

Municipal records

Papers of individual and families

Other records (Theatre and Opera, Printed and Visual material, Newspapers, and Additions)

This finding aid is described at the item level. As a general rule each piece has a separate entry, but the cataloguers occasionally grouped several related documents under one heading. The entries begin with a date and a bibliographic caption. The latter consists of two parts. The first, in the form of a title entry, identifies the general nature of the piece, the main participants in its creation, and the place. In the second there are technical data - notes on the type of document and language. A synopsis of the item follows. Here, square brackets denote interpolated explanatory or identifying remarks, bibliographic citations, and publication information. The spelling of persons' names and the use of diacritical marks generally follow that found in the documents, and, consequently the name of an individual may differ from document to document. We have regularized the spellings only of well-known historical figures or of those persons that appear with frequency in the documents.

Biographical Note for Kuntz, Felix H. (Felix Herwig), 1890-1971. :

Felix Herwig Kuntz was the son of Rosemonde Elizabeth and Emile Kuntz and the brother of Emile N. Kuntz. The family's wealth was from his grandfather's having been awarded a legendary diamond necklace by the Hapsburg Emperor Maximilian of Mexico for outstanding service in representing the interests of the Bank of Austria to Imperial Mexico before its 1867 fall. He used the sale of the diamonds to finance various land purchases throughout Southern Louisiana, notably in the Oil and Gas rich Terrebonne Parish. Kuntz, who ran a real estate firm, was an avid collector of documents, paintings and furniture during and after the Great Depression.

The documents in this collection were items that Kuntz collected for his own personal interest. Kuntz approached officials of Tulane University in the early 1950s with the proposal to donate his collection as a memorial to his parents, Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz, whose names the collection would bear. To facilitate access to the material he requested, as a condition of the gift, that the school prepare and publish a detailed catalogue. At the time of the first donation in 1954, Tulane University gave Kuntz assurances that, in recognition of his munificence, the school would indeed publish such a catalogue. Felix Kuntz donated his collection in stages, starting in 1954. At the time of the last donation in 1970, the gift had exceeded 3,500 manuscripts and printed ephemera, and many hundreds of rare books and pamphlets. As the University received each of the gifts, various cataloguers, working under the direction of Connie Griffith, then Head of the Manuscripts Division, processed the documents by sections and prepared descriptions of the materials in the separate groups. Guillermo Nanez Falcon compiled and edited the volume in 1981. The Kuntz collection is one of the Louisiana Research Collection's most popular collections. LaRC is pleased to present the online version of the Kuntz catalog, which retains the comprehensiveness of the original published catalog.

Access Restrictions: Collection is restricted. Most of the collection has been digitized and placed online. Researchers are asked to consult the online version of the collection first. If the researcher requires the original documents, please ask for assistance from the Special Collections staff.
Subject Index
Claiborne, William C. C. (William Charles Cole), 1775-1817.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
New Orleans (La.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Slave records.
Slavery -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Genres/Forms of Material
Orders (military records)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Lousiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Acquisition Notes: Felix Herwig Kuntz  Gift.
PreferredCitation: Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz collection, Manuscripts Collection 600, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.